Strictly Come Dancing contestant Lee Ryan has given up alcohol with the help of his professional dance partner Nadiya Bychkova.
The boyband veteran, 35, went to rehab in 2014 after a drink driving arrest and has admitted his alcohol issues ruined his singing voice.
Until now he had failed to ditch the booze entirely, but says that thanks to Nadiya he’s now clean and sober.
“I’ve stopped drinking, I’m on the wagon,” he tells the Press Association. “It’s good, though, because I have in the past dabbled and struggled and gone to rehab and stuff, so I’ve just decided that drink is not good for me. Nadiya really helped, she turned around and said ‘you should just knock it on the head’.”
Explaining his problems with drink, Lee adds: “Everyone has a strand of DNA and mine says ‘I can’t have just one’. I feel amazing for it (stopping drinking).”
The Blue star says that keeping busy with dancing practice mean he doesn’t have time to go out partying.
“Idle hands make the devil’s work and it’s good to be busy,” he explains. “I don’t have time, I couldn’t do this on a hangover, I want this opportunity to be fit, healthy and focused. It’s such a good opportunity and it doesn’t come along many times in your life.”
He also credits his Strictly stint with helping him lose weight, saying that after just a few weeks of training his clothes feel “massively different” on him.
Nadiya and Lee have been romantically linked, but he insists that two pictures of him and his partner holding hands merely show them deciding where to go for coffee and helping each other across a busy road.
It’s movie week on Strictly on Saturday (06Oct18) and the duo will be dancing the Cha Cha Cha to The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News – a track from time-travelling classic Back to the Future.
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